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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Around the Year, 2017...

The old calendar is almost filled.
There only remain three empty spaces in which to write
before a brand new calendar will be opened up to begin all over again.
The new one has larger squares with space for more notations.
There will be room for a few rough sketches; 
no doubt Millie will be there,
and the Cowboy too.
There will be space for a certain long neck,
even if he has to extend into the space above.
There will be weather and gardening notations,
birthdays and other special days ...

And so it goes,
Around the Year...


  1. I've enjoyed this journey of looking back at your wonderful photos of 2017. I look forward to another year of visiting here with you and Millie and your enjoyable thoughts & crafts. I wish you and your family a very Safe and Happy New Year. <3

  2. Beautiful photos, a joy to visit. Wishing you a very happy new year.

  3. I look forward to the beautiful photography that we hope you will share with us in 2018. The news said this morning that we can reach -50 below this weekend. I hope your son is in a safe warm space. Winter is being harsh. Best wishes for you in the New Year. Love your keeping a calendar and recording special days and events.

    1. -50 !!!! Thankfully, our son is home now. I will be thinking about you! I hope you have a happy and safe New Year.

  4. I look forward to seeing more beautiful pictures of your home, and seeing all the new dolls and items you will be making. Happy New Year to your family.

  5. Looking forward to another turn of the wheel. Happy New Year!

  6. So glad to have found your blog this year. I too look forward more of your beautiful pictures and crafts, and those beautiful dolls that touch my heart. Happy New Year!

  7. Each photo is so lovely! Cant wait to see what you show us next year!
    Wishing you a safe and blessed new year!

  8. The cover photo is spectacular, the one with the boat. But then all your photographs are truly glorious and reflect the beautiful space you live in. I too write on my calendar, it's a way to reflect, somewhat like a diary of sorts. I'm looking forward to more gorgeous photos. One of my gifts this year was a camera....and I hope to capture the beauty of nature. Happy New Year!

  9. Your photos are exquisite, - all of them. I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite. Wishing you a splendid new year in 2018!

  10. Love your pictures! Thanks for sharing with us.